Isambard Kingdom Brunel

John Callcott Horsley, 1817-1903


Oil on canvas

36 in. x 27 3/4 in. (914 mm x 705 mm)

Here, Horsley was painting a portrait of his brother-in-law: Brunel had married the artist's eldest sister, Mary Elizabeth Horsley (1813-1881), in 1836.

Given by the sitter's son, Isambard Brunel, in 1895, this portrait is in the Primary Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London (NPG 979). Reproduced here by kind permission.

Image acquisition and text by Jacqueline Banerjee